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NFC flaw allows easy hacking of Android and Nokia phones

0. phoneArena posted on 25 Jul 2012, 12:52

All right, we should qualify this right out of the box: this flaw in NFC can allow pretty easy hacking of devices, but of course because of the way NFC works, the hacker needs to be really really really close to you in the first place...

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posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:20 5

1. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)

hmm.. one seemingly easy solution would be to enforce user permission as an option… that way users would have to check the screen and agree to anything nfc-related. it would not be as ideally easy, but it would solve the all-access problem

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:26

3. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

Even then, you still only have a password guarded connection. Encryption would be awesome, but would limit the capabilities of NFC to where it would be pointless to have it. New tech is always going to have flaws.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:25 1

2. cptbeatstix (Posts: 101; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)

This really isn't too major of an issue seeing that distance is the biggest issue. On top of that the NFC would have to be on and I'm willing to bet (for right now) most people won't even be using NFC for a while until more support for it comes later on.

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 01:12

11. nadar.bsm (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

u r right... most people dont use NFC... but majority of users dont even know what NFC is.. this is where problem arise... as they dont know what it is.. NFC is turned on(by default on Android) & can be accessed by hackers..... more users know about the TECH the tight the security of the device can be obtained......

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 13:50 3

4. tedkord (Posts: 14132; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Fortunately, I keep NFC disabled, just like S-voice.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 15:37 3

5. Veigald (Posts: 290; Member since: 13 Jan 2012)

Some click-baiting headline... android and "Nokia" phones, when in fact it is one model only, which even has the functionality off as default. And Android is an OS, Nokia a manufacturer, so combining them makes no sense.

Please change this headline to "Android and MeeGo phones" and make better headlines in the future...

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 18:04 1

6. Dunknown (Posts: 84; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)

It is a bit dangerous once more and more people used NFC as a Credit or Debit Card. Hope Nokia could strengthen the security and introduce the NFC payments. This will attract those busy people. At the same time Nokia can venture through the hardship like what it has happen now.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 18:24 1

7. ChafedBanana (Posts: 394; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)

So then keep NFC turned off.

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 19:53

8. Samsomesh (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)

Yeah.. keep it off.!

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 21:22

9. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

1 of the 3 reasons I don't really care about NFC yet

posted on 25 Jul 2012, 21:41 1

10. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

This makes me think perhaps NFC isn't quite as good as I once thought it to be... Well, I'll keep my GNex's NFC turned off until I need to use Wallet then, excellent heads up!

posted on 26 Jul 2012, 07:25 1

12. khiko (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Apr 2012)

hacking and malware? that's android. lol.. 1.. 2..3.. android fans? attack!

posted on 12 Feb 2013, 06:55

13. omegasoft (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Feb 2013)

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